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1Treatment: Surgery

Comments: Jasper, a 5-month old domestic short haired cat presented with long term, progressive itchy skin and hair loss on legs and body.

Follow Up Care: A skin scrape was performed, and under the microscope, a rare mite called Demodex gatoi was identified. This contagious mite had been living in his skin causing the hair loss and itching.

Updates: Because the mite is not commonly seen in cats, few treatment options are found to be effective. Lime-sulfur dips have been used with success, and Jasper will be starting the protocol.